Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the first African American fraternity to be founded at a historically black college, celebrates 100 years today. On this very date in 1911 at Howard University, undergraduate students Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Coleman founded the fraternity along with faculty advisor Dr. Ernest Everett Just.
With manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift adopted as cardinal principles, the fraternity has made great strides in their service to the community. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. prides themselves in their commitment to several programs and activities, which includes Assault on Illiteracy, Habitat for Humanity, voter registration and mentoring.
Derrick Bradshaw, president of Mu Psi chapter of Omega Psi Phi, told the A&T Register celebrating 100 years is a milestone.
“This is a big deal,” he said. “Especially with the impact we have on the community.”
Omega Psi Phi now joins the elite century club with fellow historically black Greek organizations Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. who celebrated centennials in 2006 and 2008, respectively.
The fraternity has over 700 chapters around the world.
Well known members, include former NBA basketball player Shaquille O’Neal, radio personality and comedian Rickey Smiley and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, to name a few.
For more information on Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., visit the fraternity’s website here.